We don’t play favorites with the animals at Tri-County Humane Society, but there are definitely a few who capture staff and volunteers’ hearts. This adoption story is about one of them: Butch Goodfellow, who, as his adopter noted, had almost celebrity status at TCHS!
That’s in part because Butch Goodfellow had multiple stays here. Butch Goodfellow, who is 4 years old, had some setbacks when it came to finding a home. He had tested positive for both Feline Leukemia and FIV; in the past, those could be major barriers to cats getting adopted. (They still can be challenges, but as we’ve learned more about both those medical conditions, we are able to provide adopters with a lot more information about what to expect.) Although these diseases can negatively affect a cat’s health, many do healthy, happy lives.
That brings us back to Butch Goodfellow, who is living a very happy life. He found his new family in August 2023.
“I have to admit, it was a hard process at first. I adopted Butch about three months after losing a cat I had had for 15 years. Once I brought Butch home, I realized it was going to be a lot harder for me to transition than I had expected. I even made an appointment to bring him back because I didn't think that I could warm up enough and give him the home he deserved. But after a short bit, things changed.
He is such a cuddly and loving cat, it only took a few hours until he was wanting to come out of the laundry room and explore the house. He immediately was asking for pets and hugs. He is a very energetic little guy, so when he is not sunning or napping on the couch, he is running around and meowing. Meowing is definitely his favorite activity, and if you talk back, you can have quite the in-depth conversation with him. The funniest part is that he has such a high-pitched and dainty meow, not at all what I would expect from him.
Other than meowing, he loves to play. One of his favorite toys is a banana filled with catnip I bought from TCHS on the day I brought him home. A banana that used to be yellow but he licked enough it is now an unrecognizable dark green. …
Adopting Butch was exactly what I needed to help me in this period of my life. He is constantly making everyone in the house laugh, either through his silly meows or his propensity for falling off of things (he's not very good at judging distances when jumping, or noticing when he's sliding off of the couch). He also has a tendency to sit with his mouth open, something silly that will never not make me laugh. He is a very loving kitty who loves snuggles and butt pats, and I am so glad to have him around.”
“Cats have a sense of humor, as is shown in their extreme love of play.” Robert Byrne